I’ve suffered with depression since I was 18, I am now 36 years old.
Things are very different now but very much the same.
The stigma of depression
The stigma of the word ‘depression’ (not a fan of the word) is very much criticised in so many ways – ‘snap out of it’, ‘it’s a fake illness’, ‘you don’t appreciate life!!’ That, of course is not the case – it is a mental illness, and it can be handled with several approaches, and that varies for each person.
Putting pride before my health
For a long time I refrained from taking medication for my illness as I thought I could deal with it on my own. I struggled for years as my pride got the best of me and I carried on suffering.
I’m not saying medication is the right way for everyone, but in the end, I hit a point where I didn’t know what else to do so I gave in.
I’ve been on tablets now for a good ten years – has it helped? Well to be honest I think it has but not fully.
Be more open about how you are feeling
I honestly feel that we need to be more open about how we are feeling as a lot of us are probably in the same boat.
Those that love you, do care
I would say this sincerely, please if you are feeling down or alone, talk to someone. Trust me I know it’s hard because you don’t want to burden people with your problems because you feel everyone is going through a lot themselves, but those that are important to you do care.
And they stick around!
I don’t have a lot of friends, maybe because I’m not outgoing or trendy or because I isolate myself but the people who do love me ……. stay around!!
Life is tough
Life is tough – we don’t have a manual for it, but what we can do is be kind, be respectful and be loving to one another.
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